Chrysler Firepower (not the Hemi engine): Engraver Roland Robidoux’s Daytona

Roland Robidoux of Edgewater, Florida (and Canada) is a Mopar enthusiast. Here he poses with his 1987 Chrysler Daytona Shelby Z, equivalent of the 1987 Dodge Daytona Shelby Z. It was a Chrysler in Canada and a Dodge in the U.S. The 2.2 Liter Turbo II engine was standard in both.

1987 dodge daytona shelby z

Roland is an arms engraver by profession and in this picture he holds one of his masterpieces, a 1903 U.S. Army Colt .44-40 revolver, one of 64,000 made (the bullet is the same as in the Winchester lever-actions that “won the West.”) Decorations commemorate New York City and New York State in several typical symbols inlaid in 24-carat gold or carved into the ivory grip. The icons include a "Big Apple," the New York Yankees logo, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, a subway kiosk, the Statue of Liberty, and the outline of the state map. On the Colt's barrel is the Chrysler Building, which is both a former location of Walter P. Chrysler's New York headquarters and a famous example of Art Deco architecture.

engraved gun

Not in the picture is Roland's other '87 Chrysler Daytona Shelby Z. It is a Radiant Silver model that he has been working on for nine years. It will be getting a modified 425 horsepower 1989 "common block" 2.2 liter turbocharged engine when it's finished.

Mr. Robidoux is also current president of the Halifax Mopar Enthusiasts Club.


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